From Head Coach Sam Smith and Director of Remote Coaching Mike Lee
Need a hand crushing CrossFit Open Workout 18.5 and securing a competitive score? Our very own coaches, Sam Smith and Mike Lee were on hand to answer some of our athletes pressing questions in an hour-long webinar the morning of Friday, March 23rd. Here are some of the highlights:
CrossFit Open Workout 18.5 Should Have Been Part of Open Prep
Proper preparation for an event like 18.5 actually starts way before it even begins. Ideally, an athlete should be accumulating volume in movements likely to appear in the CrossFit Open, like Chest to Bar Pull-ups and thrusters. We know this may sound a bit like an oversimplification. However, you should be tackling these movements in a structured manner to allow you to reach your full potential in the CrossFit Open.
How to Avoid Soreness From CrossFit Open Workout 18.5
The best way to avoid soreness is actually by spending time cooling down and moving after your workout. Take a few minutes after the completion of your workout to walk about or hop on an assault bike. Your body will thank you and you will recover much faster. It will also set you up for a second attempt if you wish to do it again.
Ditch the Lifters in CrossFit Open Workout 18.5
The weightlifting shoes are optional and our recommendation is based on whether or not the thruster is going to be the limitation for you. If thrusters are your weakness, weightlifting shoes could make the weight easier and conserve your energy for the rest of the workout. Weightlifting shoes are also a good option if you have longer legs and femurs as it decreases the length you need to travel for a complete rep, as well as make the movement a bit easier. However, if you are not used to performing CrossFit workouts with weightlifting shoes, using them could slow you down.